Each major city in the United States has similar but different relationships with the world of couture clothing. Exhibitions that focus on a particular city’s couture garments are extremely interesting because they help us gage where its residents traveled, how much money those residents had, the city’s economic lines of trade, and how developed its own fashion industry might have been.
The Charleston Museum’s exhibition Charleston Couture will do just that until February 10. Included in the exhibition are garments and accessories dating from the 1770s to the 1970s. Haute couture works by European couturiers mingle with fashions designed by local dressmakers in this show. The exhibition tells the tale of how a port city was able to gain “access to fine goods, including textiles, fashion plates and magazines, imported from around the world.”
Address: The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5
Admission: adults $10, children 3-12 years $5, children 2 and under free